Stranded!

Today I’m linking up with Mix and Match Mama to bring to you…

Stranded Dates

This month is what 3 Netflix series would I bring with me if I were stranded on a Deserted Island?? Well here they are:

  1. Friends: I never watch it anymore but it’s 10 seasons long and holds a special place in my heart. It would provide endless hours of entertainment on the island and laughter really is the best medicine.
  2. Parenthood: I have not seen Parenthood and it’s been on my “must watch” list for 2 years now so with all of the free time I would have, I would definitely be catching up on Parenthood.
  3. Grey’s Anatomy: I’ve been loyal to Grey’s from Day 1 and I know all my friends in Seattle wouldn’t disappoint me if I chose to watch them day after day after day. I RARELY turn on the TV during the day but if I do, Grey’s is always on Lifetime and I can’t help but pine for the days of Izzie and George and Christina.

What Netflix serious would be on your list to have on a deserted island? Comment Below!

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Me Mondays: My Career Path

Hindsight is 20/20 they say. And as a 32 year old stay-at-home mom, I would tell my 18 year old self to major in something more specific. If I could go back in time I would be a psychologist of some sort but since I’m not 18 it is what it is and I’m happy so that is all that matters. I went to Iowa State University and double majored in Finance and Marketing. I had 2 highly coveted internships with the 3M Research Lab and Union Pacific Railroad which in college and I was considering law school. I graduated, with honors and distinction and took a job offer in Omaha with Union Pacific’s marketing department. I was excited and driven and miserable. The job was a horrible fit for me and not even 2 years in I left to pursue the advertising route. I landed a job as an Account Executive with a small advertising agency and LOVED the job; however, my boss had mental health issues that left the entire office stressed and with anxiety much of the time and I knew what it meant when people said “taking on other peoples problems,” so I left. I went to work for my dad’s company in Omaha that employed approximately 90 people, including my husband. I loved the people and the job and it was a huge success for me for many years. I went part time when Marin was born and due to my husbands increasingly demanding schedule, I decided to stay home full time when Liam was born. It’s bizarre that I’m already “retired” sort of but it is what it is and I truly am happy. I love being available for my kids anytime and I love getting to volunteer to do opportunities at Marin’s school. I still write weekly for the Omaha World Herald’s Momaha section but other than that (and this blog) mom is my job and I couldn’t be happier.

Vacation Re-Cap: Marco Island

We spent the Holiday weekend in Marco Island, FL and really enjoyed it! Visiting the Gulf Coast Islands were a first for us and we were pleasantly surprised by the laid back nature and the the awesome water. Marin could easily swim in the ocean (with a Puddle Jumper) without issue, the waves are minimal and the water is super warm. We stayed at the Marriott Vacation Club and it was a great setup and location. Marin was obsessed with the water slide, we all went down about 100 times and we could walk to several restaurants and the hotel had loads of family and adult activities and handed out complimentary water and pop daily and beer several days as well. Overall we would definitely head back toward that area of FL – minus the sunburn, no complaints!



 

Me Mondays. My favorite vacation.

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! In honor of the summer – the time to travel – I’m visiting back to my favorite vacations. Check it out!

Traveling is by far my favorite pastime. I grew up traveling and the love of it as continued as an adult, wife and mother.My husband and I are so fortunate to have friends who love to travel as well and our daughter has got on the travel boat as well (let’s home Liam loves it as much as the rest of us). Narrowing down my favorite trip, is tough. My favorite place in the world is at a house that my grandpa built in Summit County, CO (we LOVE to ski) but my favorite trip, hmm, where to I begin? I’m going to break it down by category since I’m having a hard time deciding on just one.

  1. Favorite Vacation with my husband: Prague & Barcelona – September 2010. I loved this trip, the locations, the weather, the company. Although we’ve taken several trips to Europe, this was our last one before kids and exploring new places. We had so much fun stumbling upon wine festivals and fashion shows and I really cannot wait to show my children Prague, a city we fell so in love with.
  2. Favorite Friends Vacation: Sonoma County, CA – March 2016. Maybe it is because this trip is so recent, or maybe because we don’t get to see our friends as much anymore (since most of us now have children and don’t live in the same cities) but we really lived this trip up to the maximum and had the best time (and that is saying something considering we’ve done trips to Mexico, San Francisco, NYC, a Caribbean Cruise, Las Vegas, Colorado and more).
  3. Favorite Vacation with Kids: We have only taken 1 trip with Liam so far so I have to only consider what we’ve done with Marin but hands down, a trip to Paris & Brussels was the best trip with Marin to date. She was so perfect on the trip and had so much fun and we had the best time finding carousels, parks and gelato shops. In a time with the safety of Brussels is so uncertain, I feel so fortunate to have visited this beautiful city. I sure hope we get to return someday.

 

Memorial Day Weekend: What I’m Packing.

I’m heading to Marco Island, FL for Memorial Day weekend with my husband, kiddos and inlaws. This will be Liam’s first time at the beach and Marin can’t WAIT to swim an build sand castles. I’m looking forward to relaxing, eating dinner outside, swimming and maybe even reading. But first…we have to pack. Packing for 3 people (thankfully my husband packs for himself) is daunting but I have my trusty 115 item list and so now I just need to tackle it. As for me…I’m bringing.

  1. Kindle – My first generation Kindle is still going strong and goes with me everywhere.
  2. Romper – Inspired by my friend, I jumped on the Romper bandwagon and bought this from Boden, obsessed.
  3. Swimsuit – Old black bottoms from J.Crew and new striped top from Athleta, perfect.
  4. Maxi Dress – Have you guys heard of Marine Layer? I just discovered it and LOVE it!
  5. Sunscreen – Babyganics sunscreen works great for me & my kids!
  6. Hat – This 8 year old BR favorite is irreplaceable but also faded.
  7. Sunglasses – My favorite sunglasses right now our the Ray Ban P. Love them.
  8. Favorite Shorts – My go-to shorts are these from j.crew. I like the 3in inseam (I’m only 5’3″) and I’ve been wearing these for years.

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Me Monday:All about me!

I’m starting a new series called “Me Monday” which gives you insight into things in my life. My family, my favorite products, my house, the best trips we’ve been on, the best and worst of everything. I’d love to hear about you in the comments so let me know about you!! I’m starting at the very beginning, who am I?

I’m 31 years old born and raised in Omaha, NE. I grew up with my parents and a brother, 5 years older than I am. My parents divorced when I was in high school and have both since remarried. My mom, my brother and my maternal grandparents are my lifelines outside of my little family. I went to Iowa State University and double majored in Finance and Marketing. My brother and my husband were in the same fraternity at ISU and I met my husband through my brother and started dating him when I was 17 and the rest is history.

After college we wanted to move elsewhere but I got a job offer from Union Pacific and thought it was too good to pass up so we moved to Omaha. My husband started working for a company that my dad owned and within 2 years I was miserable at my job and quit. I changed jobs one more time before eventually ending up at the same company as my husband. I worked there for 8 years before deciding to stay at home in December 2015 after the birth of our second child. I now am a blogger weekly for http://www.momaha.com

Our first “baby” is Zoe, a cockapoo that was born in 2007 and was and is still a huge part of our life. She’s had many health scares over the past 8 years and we joke that she is the million dollar dog but we love her more than words can say and she’s part of our family always.

Marin Parker Wyant was born on January 12, 2012. She is now four and awesome. Her and I are 2 peas in a pod and I love every second I spend with her. She loves games, playing outside, swimming skiing and princesses. She plays with Zoe constantly and is the best big sister I could ever imagine.

Liam James Wyant was born on October 2, 2015. He is the happiest baby on the block and although we aren’t sleeping through the night, his smile brightens our day enough to know it will all be okay. He loves his sister and baths and we can’t wait to watch him learn and grow more.

We built a home our children will grow up in, in 2014, and although we hated the process we love the end result.

Who am I? I’m a husker-football loving, grey-wearing, travel junkie who takes less than 15 minutes to get ready each day, shops mostly at J.Crew, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Madewell, reads fiction (YA fiction especially), still watches Grey’s Anatomy, longs to be on the Amazing Race, is obsessed with all 4 seasons, would ski everyday if I could, would swim (in a pool) on the days I couldn’t ski and I’m the last person on Earth who uses a paper planner and does baby books (not scrapbooking, just baby books). Can’t wait to go on this exceptional ride with you!

 

 

Momaha Wednesdays: Tips for Traveling with Young Children

In April, I became a weekly contributor to the Omaha World Herald’s parenting website, Momaha.com. I really enjoy writing blogs for this site and I’ve gained a lot from reading other blog posts from various contributors. On Wednesday’s, I’ll be featuring some past posts that I wrote for Momaha.com in hopes that you’d benefit as well!

This post originally appeared at Momaha.com on April 27, 2015, click through to read the article in it’s entirety.

10 Survival Tips for Traveling with Young Children

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to travel. I grew up exploring places near and far via car trips, houseboats, RVs and airplanes. I studied abroad in college and immediately fell in love with lands unknown….read more here.

Must-Have Mondays: Beauty & Skin Products

I’m overall no-fuss, I’ve been wearing the same hairstyle and make-up for years with a few minor exceptions. Here are my favorites!

Favorite Mascara: For one that really stays on, and I mean REALLY stays on, I like MAC ‘Haute & Naughty Lash’ Mascara – personally I’m a brown girl although I am currently using black as a trial. It’s waterproof sister is also a great bet if you’re looking for waterproof.

Favorite Inexpensive Tinted Moisturizer: Aveeno BB Cream. This is drugstore stuff and I like it because it’s SUPER lightweight. If it’s remotely hot out, I’m sweating and this doesn’t feel heavy or thick. Most of the expensive ones I’ve tried have more coverage but also more weight. I use Fair to Light and love that it has SPF in it for my fair skin. Also, it doesn’t smell like sunscreen which is a huge plus!

Favorite Concealer: This one is tough for me because I’ve changed lot over the years. Post-pregnancy (or maybe it’s just that I get less sleep now) I have found I have darker circles under my eyes, my old Clinique concealer just wasn’t cutting it. I like the YSL concealer but for the quantity and product the price is too high. I was recently introduced to Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener and I love it. Great price for how long it lasts and seems like the coverage really lasts. I use Light Bisque and it’s a great match!

Favorite Powders/Blushes/Bronzers: Since I use a very lightweight tinted moisturizer, I still like to use a light Bronzer/Powder and then I use a combo Blush/Bronzer over the top. My go-to powder for years has been the Clinique ‘True Bronze’ Pressed Powder in Sunkissed and I’ve been also using the Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Color. However, the Fresh Bloom seems to be unavailable so thanks to the recommendation from Mix and Match Mama I’ll be trying the Laura Gellar ‘Brighten Blush’ this go around.

Favorite Face Lotion: I’ve used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for as long as I can remember and I still love how gentle and effective it is!

Other skin care must haves for me:

Clarisonic Mia – Love that it’s waterproof, and gentle! I use it daily in the shower and it is amazing!!

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser – It’s so gentle on my skin, doesn’t burn your eyes and works miracles! Plus it’s inexpensive!!

365 Moisturizing Body Lotion – Unscented – I don’t have a link but you buy it at whole foods and it’s cheap and great!!

Keeping it Simple.

I feel like keeping things simple is tough to do but ultimately makes life easier and happier. For me, I try hard to keep things simple. That doesn’t mean boring and I think that’s where too many times we opt for busy, bold and hectic – because we’re afraid that simple = boring. I think from the outside, people could look at our life and say we don’t live “simply”, we are fortunate enough to travel often and exotically because of my husband’s career (thank you frequent flier miles and hotel points), we have a nice house, our daughter attends a great school, etc. However, it isn’t about what you do, it’s about HOW you do things. Below are some ways we keep things simple….I’ll do some follow up posts on the Travel one because I know lots of people are looking for info on “Traveling with Kids” (myself included).

1. Traveling. I’m an expert on travel – I book everything we do and as far in advanced as possible (we get the prime free tickets and hotel rooms this way) and then I sit back and do nothing. We take our 3 year old many places and we arrive with LOW expectations, and because of this we have had the best trips with her. We don’t push her to do a million things or get disappointed because we didn’t stick to an itinerary. Even at Disney World, we took a day off, drove 35 minutes away to walk around a small town and go swimming and get out of the Disney chaos and then resumed the Disney experience the next day….we could tell she’d be overwhelmed and while this meant not getting every fast pass (because we didn’t set our days in advanced) it also meant a happy family and picking the ideal weather days for each activity. Also, the 3 of us routinely pack in 1 bag. Less to carry, and less options are always better.

2. Home Decor. We built a house in 2014. It was stressful, fun, ideal, horrible and annoying all bottled up together. Almost a year into living in our house, we are VERY happy with the final product. Mostly though, I’m happy we kept things simple. We didn’t put in guest rooms just to have rooms, we enlarged our other rooms instead and kept the space in rooms we will actually use. We used the same knobs and cabinet pulls throughout the entire house (the place we got it from even gave us a discount because they were so shocked that we really wanted to use the same thing throughout the whole house). We incorporated browns AND greys to try and defy time – our house is 100% neutral but not at all boring. I feel like we can change up the decor 1,000 different ways and still be able to keep the base of our house the same. We made our house, for us and not for resale. It suits us in every way shape or form and I love it.

3. Style. I’m a classic style girl. I love plain color and if it isn’t plain, it is striped. I look into my closet and still have several items that are 10-15 years ago that are still perfectly fine to wear today. I love keeping things basic and I get a lot of compliments on doing so. My go-to stores are: J.Crew, Madewell, Gap and Anthropologie (I know Anthro is not simple, but I seek out the plain, unique items from there and run with it!).

Stay tuned for more ways we keep things simple…it’s going to be an exceptional ride!